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The Rise of Asian Defense Diplomacy

Taylor, Brendan

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The rise of multilateral defense diplomacy in Asia is an important new phenomenon. In addition to the newly established ADMM+ process and the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), ASEAN defense ministers, ASEAN chiefs of defense and ASEAN chiefs of intelligence are now all meeting on a regular basis. Such gatherings were almost unthinkable as recently as a decade ago. This paper seeks to interpret these developments and their implications for the Sino-Australian security relationship. It argues that while...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-17T00:16:42Z
dc.identifier.issn1000-3340
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/223211
dc.description.abstractThe rise of multilateral defense diplomacy in Asia is an important new phenomenon. In addition to the newly established ADMM+ process and the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), ASEAN defense ministers, ASEAN chiefs of defense and ASEAN chiefs of intelligence are now all meeting on a regular basis. Such gatherings were almost unthinkable as recently as a decade ago. This paper seeks to interpret these developments and their implications for the Sino-Australian security relationship. It argues that while these recent developments appear to reflect a deepening of Asian security cooperation, they are actually a manifestation of an intensifying institutional competition, namely between the ASEAN-centered ADMM and the Western-backed SLD. This, in turn, is symptomatic of a broader institutional contestation––reflecting underlying strategic competition––which is becoming a distinctive feature of Asia’s emerging security ‘architecture.’ The paper goes on to argue that China and Australia find themselves on opposite sides of this competition and, particularly in the area of defense diplomacy, are likely to become increasingly important players in fuelling it. The paper concludes by observing why such a dynamic is potentially problematic and offers a modest set of policy recommendations designed to assist Beijing and Canberra in addressing and alleviating their competitive tendencies.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherXiandai Guoji Guanxi Yanjiusuo
dc.rights© 2011 Contemporary International Relations
dc.sourceContemporary International Relations
dc.titleThe Rise of Asian Defense Diplomacy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4713172xPUB13
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTaylor, Brendan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.identifier.absseo940301 - Defence and Security Policy
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:23:15Z
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